Treatment is focused on the different areas CRPS affects. Early diagnosis is important for preventing a prolonged course. The pain is coming both from the affected body part, but also from changes that occur in the spinal cord and brain as mentioned above. Fortunately, there are treatments that successfully restore the person’s function and improve pain. Using an aggressive team approach, this treatment focuses on the different aspects of a person’s life that is affected by CRPS. A typical CRPS treatment team includes a physical therapist, a psychologist, physician specialist nurse, occupational therapist.
The aggressive treatment aims to break the cycle of pain by dealing with the different areas that CRPS can affect. The whole idea of treatment is to reprogram the nervous system to feel normal sensation and not just pain and to regain strength and mobility of the affected body part. The different treatments for CRPS include learning about the condition, physical and occupational therapy to restore normal use of the affected body parts, working with psychologists to learn different coping and pain management skills desensitization(exposing the painful body part to normal sensations to help teach the nerves the right thing to feel, and not just pain, and medications Unless there is a medical or surgical reason for the body part to be in a cast or splint, those devices should not be used because preventing the body part from moving can make CRPS worse.
Can CRPS be Cured?
Yes. It is very hard work to get better from CRPS, but most kids and young adults will get better. One very important thing to keep in mind is that function returns before pain gets better. Most of the time, the body can do normal activities before it begins to feel normal.